What are you bringing to the table?

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I remember reading 1Timothy 1:12 and wondering what Paul meant there. It says (emphasis mine):

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

When Paul said Jesus counted him faithful to be put into ministry, it sounded like he was saying he was qualified to be called into ministry. Haven’t we always heard that “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called”? Continue reading

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Finishing well vs. Starting well

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I remember reading the Book of Acts and the account of Paul, Barnabas and Mark and wondering how it got so bad between them. In Acts 15:36-40, the Bible reads:

And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do. And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.”

Barnabas was one of those that stood by Paul after his conversion and yet they went separate ways. That was the last time we heard of Barnabas (except when Paul mentioned his name in one of his letters to the Churches); but this is not where I’m going. From the above Scripture, we see that Mark did not ‘start well’. It seems he left them when the going was rough.

Now, let’s look at someone who started well. His name was Demas and Paul in his letter to Philemon in Phil 1:23-24 says:

There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus; Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellowlabourers.”

Fast forward a few years down the line when Paul was writing to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:10-11. This seems to be one of his last letters before he was martyred:

For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica… Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.”

This same Mark who was the cause of the split between Paul and Barnabas has suddenly become profitable for the ministry; and the Demas who was called a fellowlabourer loved the world and departed? Wow! I didn’t see that coming.

I guess in the end, what matters most is how we finish although starting well is definitely a plus.

Food for thought:

It’s easy to live in bondage of fear about where we will end up when that Trumpet goes off but I think a better way to live is to live in love. May God help us in our walk towards perfection of love.

Life nugget:

Matthew 10:22 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

 

The Hand of the Lord

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I was studying the Bible and came across Acts 13:11 where Paul cursed Elymas the sorcerer:

“And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.”

Another version says: “the hand of the Lord is AGAINST thee”. So I wondered knowing that the hand of the Lord was against this guy for evil. But Continue reading

How big is your picture? (2)

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  • Acts 11:1-18- Peter defends preaching to the Gentiles
  • Acts 15:1- Some preach circumcision as a prerequisite for Salvation.
  • Acts 15:2-4- Paul and Barnabas and others travel to Jerusalem to clear these things up with the Apostles and elders
  • Acts 15:7-11- Peter defends the salvation of Gentiles again

In summary, it just had to be Peter who first opened the door of salvation to the Gentiles. Peter was the spokesman. Peter was “the rock”. It couldn’t be Philip because it will be harder to defend. Even though Peter’s main ministry was to the Jews and Paul’s own to the Gentiles, if Peter had not been the one who received the vision, it will have been harder to accept among the believers then.

Food for thought:

Our picture of things are usually from an obscure point of view than God Who sees the big picture.

Life nugget:

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

What does God say about that? – Discouragement

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What does God say about that? I’ve created a sub-category on this subject so that we can have various topics under it. Today will be on “Discouragement”. What does God say about Discouragement? And what God says can be found in His Word. If faith comes from the Word (Romans 10:17) then we really should pay attention to His Word.

As much as possible, we should be able to get 2 to 3 Bible Scriptures for any topic because the Bible says in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall a thing be established, so put this in mind if you want to send in posts.

We should first establish that discouragement can be deadly. In Numbers 32:7-13, Moses narrates how discouragement led to the death of many.

Secondly, God tells Joshua not to be discouraged because He will be with him in Joshua 1:9: Continue reading

Counting in the Bible

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This is one thing that strikes me when I study the Bible because I find it easy to overlook numbers/figures since they are only few verses apart. Let’s take a look at examples and you’d understand what I mean:

  • Abraham was 75 years old when God promised him the blessings (Gen 12:1-4). Isaac wasn’t born until Abraham was 100 (Gen 21:5). 25 years…stop to consider what Abraham must have been thinking in his head.
  • Everybody likes the story of Joseph– Prisoner turned Prince. Continue reading